Nissan is expanding its line of electric vehicles with the 2023 Aria SUV, which will go on sale in the US in 2022. The Aria will join the Leaf hatchback in Nissan showrooms and offer up to 304 miles of driving range, which beats the Leaf’s maximum of 226. The Ariya’s design represents a change from the current sharp, angular lines seen on many Nissan vehicles. The lower, wider stance of the Ariya differentiates it from the Rogue and gives it a sportier look. Two different battery sizes will be offered – a 63.0-kWh battery is standard, and a larger 87.0-kWh pack is optional – as well as front- or all-wheel drive. A host of driver-assistance features, infotainment tech and convenience items will be included here, helping the 2022 Aria compete with similarly-sized EV crossovers like the Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Kona Electric.
What’s new for 2023?
The Ariya is a completely new vehicle for Nissan. It features Nissan’s updated driver-assistance system (ProPilot 2.0), which debuted on the Japanese-market Nissan Skyline sedan. The Aria is said to offer up to 304 miles of driving range, but only when equipped with a front-wheel-drive configuration and a larger 87.0-kWh battery pack.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The Aria’s $44,485 starting price puts it above the Leaf and other affordable EVs, but under the Model Y’s base price, but the entry-level Engage model comes with a smaller battery pack and a lower 216-mile estimated driving range. We’re of the mindset that to successfully switch from gasoline to electric, range is key, so we’ll go with the Venture+ trim which boasts the longest driving range of the Aria’s four trim levels at 304 miles per charge.
EV Motor, Power and Performance
Unlike the Leaf, which only comes with front-wheel drive, the Nissan GT-R is pulling from features developed in other cars, including the sports car’s torque-split system, optional all-wheel drive with dual-front/rear- to present through. Electric-motor configuration. The front-wheel-drive model we tested hits 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, but the more powerful E-4ORCE all-wheel-drive AREA is significantly quicker. We estimate the model will zip from zero to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds, a feat that’s on par with high-end electric vehicles. From what we’ve experienced so far, the Aria offers a quiet, stable ride that should please most buyers, but it lacks the sporty nature that we driving enthusiasts love.
Range, Charging and Battery Life
The Venture+ offers up to 304 miles of driving range per charge, which is well above the Leaf’s maximum range of 226 miles. Front-wheel drive Evolve+, Empower+, and Premiere models offer up to 289 miles per charge and the top-spec Platinum+ is said to be good for up to 265. Only rated for 216 miles per charge. With the optional dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain, the Aria offers a maximum driving range of 272 miles. When we tested the front-wheel-drive Empower+ model on our 75-mph highway fuel economy route, we recorded 240 miles of range. The Aria will be able to charge at home at 110- or 240-volt outlets, as well as at public charging stations and even DC fast-charging ports.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
According to the EPA, the most efficient Aria is the Venture+ model, which is rated for 111 MPGe city and 95 MPGe highway. On our 75-mph highway course, we recorded 84 MPG in the front-wheel drive Empower+ model. For more information on Aria’s fuel economy visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort & Cargo
The interior of the Aria looks futuristic and minimal. Nissan has discarded every possible button in pursuit of a sleek dashboard that supports a sleek look to match the design of the exterior. Despite Nissan’s claim that the Aria’s cabin is unlike traditional automotive interiors, its minimalistic theme appears to be its only unique feature. Not that the cabin isn’t a nice place to spend time. A flat, low floor creates a spacious feeling inside, and Nissan has incorporated its comfortable zero-gravity seats into the design. Rear seat space is considerably less generous than the front, but a pair of adults will still find it comfortable and roomy enough for long distance travel.
Infotainment & Connectivity
The dual 12.3-inch display serves as both the digital gauge cluster and the infotainment screen. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and in-dash navigation are all standard features. Wireless smartphone charging and heads-up display are also available. The infotainment system features both Amazon Alexa and a built-in voice assistant.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Aria has ProPilot 2.0, the second generation of Nissan’s ProPilot driver-assistance technology, as an optional feature. The system allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel in certain driving scenarios and in our experience it works quite well. For more information on the area’s crash test results, visit the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Key security features include:
- Standard Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
- Standard Lane-Departure Warning with Lane-Keeping Assist
- Adaptive cruise control available with hands-free driving mode
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
We predict that the Aria will come with the same basic warranty package as the Leaf when it goes on sale. That warranty should include a competitive bumper-to-bumper policy as well as battery protection that extends to eight years or more than 100,000 miles.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Battery warranty covers eight years or 100,000 miles
- no complimentary scheduled maintenance
2023 Nissan Aria Empower
Vehicle Type: Front-Motor, Front-Wheel-Drive, 5-Passenger, 4-Door Wagon
Base/As Tested: $54,985/$57,850
Options: 19-inch wheels, $1900; Two-Tone Paint, $350; Garage Door Opener, $365; floor mat, $250.
Motor: Current-Excited Synchronous AC
Power: 238 HP
Torque: 221 lb-ft
Battery pack: Liquid-cooled Lithium-Ion, 87.0 kWh
Onboard Charger: 7.2 kW
Peak DC fast-charge rate: 130 kW
Transmission: Single-speed direct-drive
Suspension, F/R: Struts/Multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.8-in Vented Disc/13.0-in Vented Disc
Tyre: Dunlop Grandtrek PT21
235/55R-19 101V M+S
Wheelbase: 109.3 inches
Length: 182.9 inches
Width: 74.8 inches
Height: 65.4 Inches
Passenger Quantity: 96 ft3
Cargo Volume, F/R: 60/23 ft3
Curb Weight: 4726 lb
CD Exam Results
60 mph: 7.5 sec
1/4-mile: 15.9 sec @ 92 mph
100 mph: 19.0 sec
The above results leave a 1-ft rollout of 0.4 seconds.
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.5 seconds
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.7 seconds
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.8 seconds
Top speed (Official Limited): 103 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 168 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft skidpad: 0.85 g
CD fuel economy and charging
Seen: 84 MPGe
75-mph Highway Range: 240 Miles
Average DC fast-charge rate, 10–90%: 99 kW
DC fast-charge time, 10–90%: 40 minutes
EPA Fuel Economy
Combined/City/Highway: 98/105/91 MPGe
Range: 289 miles
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